WSIU Staff

Robby Ballard / WSIU

Centralia, Illinois native and Southern Illinois Radio Information Service (SIRIS) board member JP Dunn has made education and helping others his life's work.
After graduating from Kaskaskia College with an AAS in Electronics Technology, Dunn went on to Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Carbondale where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Electronics Management. He enjoyed his experience at SIU so much that he decided to stay and earned a Master's degree in Education, with a specialization in Computer-Based Education, which has since been renamed Instructional Technology.

Monica Tichenor

Southern California native and long-time southern Illinois resident Suzanne Gorrell knows how to put people at ease with her easy laugh, well-honed sense of irony, and witty observations about life. She also knows what it's like to face unexpected physical challenges and the feelings of isolation that often follow such experiences.

Robby Ballard

David Whitfield is a strong believer in the power of communication to impact lives and communities in a significant way, which is why the Cairo, Illinois native is pursuing a Ph.D. in SIU Carbondale's Speech Communication program, with a focus on intercultural communication and pedagogy.

"I'm interested in how people communicate within and across cultures," says Whitfield. "I'm also exploring how to make the study of intercultural communication accessible to students in the classroom."

The Island President

Apr 25, 2013

This Saturday, April 27th, WSIU and the Carbondale Public Library invite you to this month's Community Cinema film, The Island President

The film tells the story of the effects of global warming on the ever-rising sea levels for the island country of Maldives, in the South Pacific. The 2011 documentary chronicles the efforts of the former President of Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, to tackle climate change.

Christina Clayton

Harriet Simon was born and raised in Baltimore, Md. She relocated to Carbondale in 1964 after her husband became a history professor at Southern Illinois University (SIU) and editor for The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant.

Union County Results

Apr 10, 2013

In Union County:

Voters in Cobden elected Paul Tomazzoli Village President.

Bart Hileman won election to the Ward 1 alderman seat in Jonesboro. He defeated Everett Morgan.

Doug Edwards, Jon Housman, and Tim McGrath were elected to the Anna-Jonesboro High School Board of Education.

Debra Penrod, Jeanne Brumleve, Kim Howell, and Carroll Walker were elected to the Cobden District 17 School Board.

Voters in Anna decided against home rule.

Jefferson County Results

Apr 10, 2013

In Jefferson County, a school consolidation referendum failed when voters in one of the three impacted communities said no.

The consolidation issue failed in the Opdyke-Belle Rive district. Voters in the Dodds and Ina districts said yes, but the measure needed all three districts to vote in favor for it move forward.

In the Mount Vernon city treasurer race, Mary Jo Pemberton defeated Doris Stover with a vote of 889 to 528.

In the city council race, Todd Piper and Dennis Mcenany won the two open seats defeating Donte Moore and David Morgan.

Perry County Results

Apr 10, 2013

In Perry County, elected to the Pinckneyville District 101 Board of Education were Paul Kuberski, Jr., Gregory Thompson, Lisa Stanton and Brian Kellerman.

Elected to Perry County Grade School District's Board of Education were Austin Marlow, Kyle Pursell, Marilyn Millikin and Keith Hagene.

Elected to the DuQuoin District 300 school board were Michael Ward, Dennis Cole and Charles "Beaver" Rice.

The villages of Cutler and St. John both said yes on the electric aggregation referenda item.

Referenda Results

Apr 10, 2013

In addition to municipal posts, school boards, and other positions, voters in the region were deciding several referenda. Here is a list of unofficial results:

Voters in Hardin and Gallatin counties approved 1% retail sales tax increases to help provide additional money to fund local public safety efforts.

Voters in McLeansboro and Kinmundy both voted against prohibiting the retail sale of alcohol within their city limits.

Murphysboro will have a new mayor for the first time in 12 years.

Challenger Will Stephens beat out incumbent Mayor Ron Williams, receiving 58% of the vote in Tuesday's election.

As the new Mayor-elect of Murphysboro, Stephens says one of his top priorities will be to help bring in new revenues for the community.

Stephens, a former member of the Jackson County Board, thanked Williams for running an honest race and for serving Murphysboro through tough times.

WSIU 91.9 FM and 91.9 HD in Carbondale are temporarily off the air for scheduled transmitter maintenance.  We regret the inconvenience.  Both stations will be back on the air later this afternoon.  You can still listen to our live web streams on then click on the WSIU or WSIU 2.0 stream.   WVSI 88.9 FM in Mt. Vernon and WUSI 90.3 FM remain on the air.  Thank you for your patience.

WSIU Public Radio is the recipient of the Associated Press Best Newscast of 2012 Award!

The award from the Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters Association was awarded to WSIU Radio during the Illinois News Broadcasters Association Convention on Saturday, April 20th.

The newscast was judged by a panel of radio broadcasters from outside of the state of Illinois.

For more than 50-years WSIU Radio has been dedicated to excellence in local news coverage for the southern Illinois community.

Christina Clayton

Julia Morrill was born in Evanston, Ill. Her father was a college administrator at several Midwestern schools, so Morrill spent most of her childhood living in various cities throughout Illinois, Missouri, and Ohio. In 1964, her family moved to Carbondale after her father accepted a position at Southern Illinois University (SIU). Morrill attended SIU briefly, but finished her studies in Communications at the University of Colorado.

State of IL

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn delivered his 5th State Budget Message Wednesday afternoon during a special joint session of the Illinois General Assembly.

More information on Quinn's FY'14 budget proposal is located here.

Do you have a knack for Trivia?   The Southern Illinois Radio Information Service (SIRIS) invites you to put your knowledge to good use to help support the cause. 

On Saturday March 2, 2013, SIRIS and WSIU Public Radio are hosting a Trivia Contest at the Newman Center on South Washington Street in Carbondale to benefit the reading service.  WSIU TV's Jak Tichenor will be the Master of Ceremonies.

School Closings for Friday, February 22nd:

- Central A&M School District is closed

- Christian Fellowship School in DuQuoin is closed

- Christ Our Savior Lutheran School in Evansville, IL is closed

- Dongola Schools are closed

- ALL Franklin County Schools are closed

- Kell Grade School is closed

- Mt. Vernon Christian School is closed

- Neoga School District is closed

- New Simpson Hill School is closed

- North Wamac Grade School in Centralia is closed

- Project ECHO is closed

WUSI 90.3 FM   in Olney is temporarily off the air again today for scheduled tower maintenance.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  This work has to be conducted during the daytime.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  You can listen to our live web stream at

This outage is only for WUSI FM.  WVSI 88.9 FM in Mt. Vernon and WSIU 91.9 FM in Carbondale remain on the air.  Thank you for your patience.  WUSI 90.3 FM  will return to the air as soon as possible.

Pete Souza

Join and NPR for a live web stream of President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address beginning at 8:00 pm tonight.

Click for NPR's live web stream of the President's address beginning at 8:00 pm (Central).


Faculty, staff and administrators at Southern Illinois University Carbondale are invited to a special town hall meeting this week to listen to campus issues from a student perspective.

Join WSIU Radio on Monday, January 21st at 8:00pm for A Beautiful Symphony of Brotherhood: A Musical Journey in the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

This hour long special hosted by Terrance McKinght is produced by WNYC and WQXR.  The program interweaves music with Dr. King's own speeches and sermons to illustrate the powerful place that music held in his work and how the musical community responded to and participated in Dr. King's cause.

That's Monday, January 21st from 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm on WSIU Radio.

John A Logan College

Community colleges in Illinois sometimes face a disincentive for wanting to keep tuition rates lower. A potential law change might make things easier. But opponents of the current rules say they come with unintended consequences. 

Friends of Giant City

The Illinois agency that oversees state parks wants lawmakers to raise the license plate renewal fee.

Jim Lambert is an exceptional person. His warm spirit and unique sense of humor are sure to put a smile on anyone's face. That's why it's no surprise he's making a difference as a volunteer with the Southern Illinois Radio Information Service (SIRIS).

Christina Clayton

Meet SIRIS Volunteer Steve Falcone. Originally from Philadelphia, Pa., Steve came to Carbondale in 1966 as a graduate student at Southern Illinois University. After graduation, he lived in Texas where he was an instructor at Southwest Texas State College. Later, following his passion for writing, he moved to Ireland where he wrote a book of short stories. After a year in Ireland, he came back to the States and lived in New England for a while. After years of traveling around, he eventually found his way back to Carbondale, a place where he could settle down and raise a family.


WSIU Public Broadcasting and Carbondale Public Library welcome the second season of  Community Cinema with the screening of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.

Watch special coverage of Thursday's debate between the candidates running for US Representative in southern Illinois' 12th Congressional District on WSIU TV at 8pm on Friday.

Republican Jason Plummer, Democrat Bill Enyart, and Green Party candidate Paula Bradshaw fielded questions from a media panel during a live forum from the Marion Cultural and Civic Center.

WSIU Staff

An overturned SUV blocked traffic Friday afternoon in Carbondale.   The accident occurred on Poplar Street between Cherry and College Streets.    No word if anyone was injured in the mishap.  Information has not been immediately available from the Carbondale Police Department.  Emergency crews righted the vehicle and reopened the street about 2:00 pm.

Katie Tullis

Matthew Borowicz, a selfproclaimed "vinyl freak," is a long-time fan and passionate volunteer of the SIRIS Classic Vinyl & Media Sale. After graduating from high school in Orland Park, Illinois, Borowicz decided to travel around the country. He lived in California where he worked various jobs and tried to figure out his interests.

State Board of Elections

The Candidates in southern Illinois' 12th US House District took part in a live debate in the television studios of WSIU Public Broadcasting on the campus of Southern Illinois University Carbondale.  

Republican Jason Plummer of O'fallon, Democrat Bill Enyart of Belleville, and Green Party candidate Paula Bradshaw of Carbondale took part in the forum broadcast live on Wednesday, August 15, 2012.

The debate is co-sponsored by WSIU, The Southern Illinoisan, and the Belleville News Democrat.